Pope Francis Thursday has named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory Archbishop-Designate of Washington, succeeding Cardinal Donald Wuerl who held the post from June 2008 to October 2018.
Wuerl was the subject of a 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report that praised and criticized how he handled sexual abuse cases during his time in Pittsburgh. Wuerl has denied mishandling the cases. On October 12, 2018, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Washington.
“I am deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this appointment to serve Archdiocese of Washington and to work with all the members of this faith community, said Archbishop Gregory. “I look forward to encouraging and listening to the people of this local church as we address the issues that face us and continue to grow in the love of Christ that sustains us.”
Archbishop Gregory will be installed as the seventh Archbishop of Washington on May 17. and the first African American to hold the post.
The Archdiocese is comprised of the District of Columbia, and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince Georges and Saint Mary’s counties in Maryland. The Archdiocese’s phone number is
301 853 4500. The Archdiocese is populated by 646, 892 Catholics made up of 139 parishes.
Before being named Archbishop-designate of Washington, he had been Archbishop of Atlanta since December 9, 2004.
He was born in Chicago on December 7, 1947.